Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital

Lynne Byrd

Lynne Byrd

Rehabilitation and Medical Care Coordinator

Lynne Byrd has twenty four years experience in cetacean care, with special emphasis on stress reduction during transport and while in captivity, medical assessment and treatment, emergency care techniques, new animal assessment and acclimation, and training of behaviors necessary for health and welfare. She actively participated in the rescue and care of over thirteen species of small cetacean. Ms. Byrd was supervisory veterinary technician for the successful rehabilitation and release of fifteen cetaceans, resulting from 38 separate stranding events, involving both single and multiple animals. She has extensive experience working with and training staff and volunteers. Ms. Byrd has developed educational programs for volunteers and the public, and has taught classes for stranding program volunteers and veterinary students. Ms. Byrd has extensive experience with drawing blood from multiple sites, taking samples for culture and cytology, and administering medication on many species of cetaceans. Prior to joining Mote Marine Laboratory, Ms. Byrd worked as a veterinary technician for several small animal/exotic veterinary practices. Ms. Byrd is currently responsible for all medical record keeping for the Dolphin and Whale Hospital, Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital, and resident animals at Mote Marine laboratory and Aquarium.


B.A. in Psychology/Biology, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology, Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology, Denver, Colorado


2018 Manire, C.A., Reiber, C.M., Gaspar, C., Rhinehart, H.L., Byrd, L., Sweeney, J., West, K.L.. Blood chemistry and hematology values in healthy and rehabilitated rough-toothed dolphins (Steno bredanensis). J. Wildl. Dis., 54(1)1-13. doi:10.7589/2016-07-152

2009 Wells, R.S., C.A. Manire, L. Byrd, D.R. Smith, J.G. Gannon, D. Fauquier, and K.D. Mullin.  In Press.  First records of movements and dive patterns of Risso’s dolphins, Grampus griseus, in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean,  from a rehabilitated individual. Marine Mammal Science.

2008 Manire,C.A., M. Kinsel, E. Anderson, T.Clauss, and L. Byrd.  Lungworm     infection in  three loggerhead sea turtles, Caretta caretta. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 39:92-98.

2008 Manire, C.A., L. Byrd, C.L. Therrien, and K. Martin.  Mating-induced ovulation in loggerhead sea turtles, Caretta caretta. Zoo Biology 27:213-225.

200x. Manire, C.A., C.M. Reiber, K.L. West, C. Gaspar, H. Rhinehart, L. Byrd, and J. Sweeney.  In review.  Blood chemistry and hematology values in healthy and rehabilitated rough-toothed dolphins, Steno bredanenis.  Journal of Wildlife Diseases

2007 Manire, C.A., B.A. Stacey, M. Kinsel, H. Daniels, J. Wellehan, E. Anderson, and L. Byrd.  In prep. Proliferative dermatitis in two sea turtles associated with novel papillomaviruses. Veterinary Microbiology.   

2007 Manire, C.A., C.M. Reiber, K.L. West, C. Gasper, H. Rhinehart, L. Byrd, and  J. Sweeney.  In prep. Blood chemistry and hematology values in healthy and rehabilitated rough-toothed dolphins, Steno bredanensis. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A.

2007 Manire, C.A., L. Byrd, C.L. Therrien, and K. Martin.  In prep.  Mating-induced ovulation in loggerhead sea turtles, Caretta caretta.  Zoo Biology.

2007 Manire, C.A., M. Kinsel, E. Anderson, T. Clauss, and L. Byrd.  In press.  Lungworm infection in two loggerhead sea turtles, Caretta caretta.  Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.

2006 Manire, C.A., K.A. Smolarek, C.H. Romero, M.J. Kinsel, T.M. Clauss, and L. Byrd.  Proliferative dermatitis associated with a novel alphaherpesvirus in an Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncates). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 37:174-181.

2005 Manire, C.A., R.P. Hunter, D.E. Koch, L. Byrd, and H.L. Rhinehart. Pharmacokinetics of ticarcillin in the loggerhead sea turtle, Caretta caretta, after single intravenous and intramuscular injections. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 36:44-53.

2004 Manire, C.A., H.L. Rhinehart, N.B. Barros, L. Byrd, and P. Cunningham-Smith. An approach to the rehabilitation of Kogia spp. Aquatic Mammals30(2):257-270.

2003 Baird, C., Byrd, L., and Cunningham-Smith, P., Modifying basic  husbandry training and enrichment to fit the abilities and temperaments of two sea turtles.  Soundings Volume 28:2 pp 4-6.  June 2003.

2003 Rhinehart, H.L., C.A. Manire, L. Byrd, and M.M. Garner. Use of human granulocyte colony-stimulating factor in a green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas.Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery 13(2):10-14.

2002 Charles A. Manire, D.V.M.,  Lynne Byrd, B. A., C.V.T., Howard L. Rhinehart, B.A., C.V.T., Petra Cunningham-Smith, B.A., and David R. Smith. Subacute atropine toxicity in a pygmy sperm whale, Kogia breviceps. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 33:66-72.